The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe strives each day to secure a better future for its people; to protect its sovereignty and cultural heritage; to respect, learn from, and correct injustices of the past; and to define an economic and diplomatic framework with its neighbors for mutually beneficial relationships.
Chumayo is housed in a historic building originally constructed in 1912, after the Great Blue Lake Fire. It has been home to various taverns over the years. Many people danced to great rock and roll music and drank heartily from the bar of “Walt’s Friendly Tavern” until it closed its doors in the 1980’s.
Though founded years earlier, the city itself was incorporated in 1910 and has a current estimated population of 1135 living in an area of around .6 square miles. The city has a small downtown business district as well as an industrial park, but most residents are employed outside of town, primarily in the nearby cities of Arcata and Eureka.